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Golfers aim for top-3 at state tourney

ERICK STUDENICKA

Tahoe-Truckee High School sophomore golfer Megan Harter is positive the Wolverines will win a state golfing title.

It just might not come this year.

“Our goal this year is probably third; for the next two years it’ll be first,” said Harter during practice Monday while looking ahead to the 3A state golf tournament set to begin today at Calvada Golf Course in Pahrump. “This whole team is made up of freshmen and sophomores, while teams like North Tahoe are all seniors.”

The Wolverines enter the tournament as the No. 3-ranked team from Division I, behind Battle Mountain and North Tahoe. Coach Mike Merriman agreed with Harter, saying that a top-three finish would be a satisfying place for the young Wolverines.

“It’s a possibility that, if we perform well, we can take third,” Merriman said. “That’s what we’re shooting for this year.”

Joining Harter on the team headed for state are Malissa Davis, Renee Trudeau, Nicky Terwilliger, Emily DeCarlo and Kim Waller. All six players are either sophomores or freshmen.

Harter, along with freshman Trudeau, are also expected to be in contention for the individual medalist award. Both have won tournaments during the season (Harter at the Incline Tournament; Trudeau at Yerington and North Tahoe) and have been practicing well this week at Northstar Golf Course.

“To be honest, I think Renee could place first,” Merriman said. “She has been playing well and the course in Pahrump is not long, which will help her because she is strong at pitching and putting.”

“Megan has the potential to be very solid, but she didn’t play last week so I’m not sure how she’ll do,” Merriman said.

“Both of us can come in the top-10 if we have good rounds,” Harter said.

“I have my good days and my bad days, but I’d like to be in the top three or four,” said Trudeau, who has been playing golf with her father since age 7.

No matter where she finishes in Pahrump, Trudeau said she’s learned a lot throughout the season by playing the “seasoned veterans” from other schools.

“I really like it because it’s been a challenge to play against juniors and seniors,” Trudeau said. “Battle Mountain and North Tahoe are really good, but we might have a chance of beating them.

Spring Creek Tournament

Playing without Harter Friday, the Wolverines placed fourth at the Spring Creek Tournament held at Spring Creek Golf Course. Truckee finished with a team score of 596, 72 strokes behind first-place Spring Creek. Individual scores for Truckee included Trudeau, 95, DeCarlo, 115, Davis, 123, Waller, 126, and Michelle Stock, 137.

Golf notes – The 1996 state champions, Yerington High School, qualified for the state tournament this year with a team average of 563. Yerington was the Division II league champion; also qualifying from Division II was Bishop Manogue. Division III is sending three teams to state, including Pahrump Valley, Boulder City and Virgin Valley…The state tournament is a two-day, 36-hole event…Another contender for the individual medalist title is North Tahoe’s Michelle Merriman, the daughter of Wolverine Coach Mike Merriman.


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